To explore is to leave the map behind. The map that enables us to go on auto-pilot in our workouts, our careers, our relationships, or…all of the above…in life, in general. At some point, the maps we carry lose their inherent usefulness and turn into baggage. Whether our maps take the form of an actual map, GPS, iPhone, parental expectations, or social programming, they all have the potential to hold us back. When we rely on maps, we dull down our innate scientific tools.

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” ~ Edwin Hubble

This is why we explore with all five senses. Our senses provide us with information and personalize our experiences. Without our informed (exploratory) consent, life feels random and unsatisfying because we’ve lost some consciousness and create by default.

Remember when your curiosity inspired your investigative mind to explore and learn… you weren’t bogged down with resentment, cynicism, and emotional baggage… just think about how great it would be to return to that mindset of unencumbered learning and adventurous living… you are just one choice away from that life… choose to let go of the infertile past… go live your adventure!” – Steve Maraboli

Explore is synonymous with learn. When we stop learning, we lose our way. In this week’s 10 steps of WoW willPower, you will not need your passport, but you will need your five senses switched on.

  1. Leave your phone behind when you go out for a walk, a meal, or a sporting event. What do you notice when you are fully present? Even if it generates boredom. Allow it into our experience in order to accept and move past it.
  2. Turn off the music, TV, or other background noise in your home, car, office, or workout. Notice all of the sounds you have been drowning out. How does the quiet make you feel?
  3. Eat a meal with 100% focus. Heighten all of your senses to fully taste and experience the meal.
  4. When you exercise, imagine you have lost one of your senses (e.g. vision) and have to rely on your other four senses exclusively. (If you are an instructor, imagine one of your members has no sight or hearing…and adjust your teaching accordingly.)
  5. Wear a texture or color to match an emotional void (e.g. willPower sweats to feel cozy; green to feel loved / loving). Notice if it helps.
  6. Change your hair, make-up, or any other aspect of your style, and let your reflection in the mirror surprise you. Does the change inspire a change in your attitude, confidence, or self-perception? Does this in turn change the way people treat you?
  7. Make one deliberate move each day to honor a personal dream of yours. No matter how small, let the act symbolize your conviction and draw you closer to your desired destination.
  8. Call or send a note to someone you haven’t been in contact with for over a year. How do you feel afterwards?
  9. Google Image a place you wish to visit, live, work, attend…then visualize yourself there. Invite it into your experience so you can magnetize yourself toward it.
  10. Hang out with natural-born explorers…e.g. pets, babies…people on a mission. Imagine the world through their eyes. Let their vision inspire yours.


Bonus: Journal your findings to accelerate the process.

If you appreciate, perpetuate and explore your own dreams, then you’ll know that dream isn’t a one-way communication.” ~ Toba Beta

This week, see what happens when you decide to leave the map behind and EXPLORE.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.